MADISON, WI – Today marks five days until the final votes are in the 2020 election cycle. At this point over twice as many Wisconsinites aged 18-29 have cast absentee ballots this election as compared to 2016. This surge in absentee voting among youth is being led by voters who could not, or did not vote in 2016, accounting for nearly two-thirds of absentee ballots cast among young people, per Target Smart.

“Young people have been working towards this moment for nearly four years. We’ve protested, we’ve organized, and now, we are voting,” said Christina Carvalho, the NextGen Wisconsin State Director. “This election will be defined as a moment in which young people demanded a seat at the table of their government.”

In the state where young voters are projected to have the highest impact on the results of the election, NextGen has already made over 1.5 million calls/texts this cycle to young voters in Wisconsin. Young people who have already voted are overwhelmingly left-leaning at margins even greater than 2018 when young voters played a crucial role in electing Governor Evers.

Early Vote turnout (18-29) as of 10/28

Starting Friday, NextGen Wisconsin will…

  • Contact over 200,000 young voters;
  • Travel a mobile billboard 700 miles across the state;
  • Host ‘Get out the vote” at the Milky-Way Drive-In in Milwaukee;
  • Provide ride-share codes to students in need of transportation to the polls; and
  • Mobilize hundreds of young activists.

NextGen Wisconsin will continue working hard to ensure that as many young people vote as possible.

About NextGen Wisconsin
Wisconsin has voted Democratic in seven of the last 10 presidential elections yet narrowly went red in 2016, helping to elect Trump to the White House. This cycle, NextGen Wisconsin is committed to flipping the Badger State blue to remove Trump from office. NextGen Wisconsin’s strong 2018 program helped power Tony Evers to the governorship by knocking over 178,000 doors, sending over 528,000 texts, and organizing across 32 college campuses.

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